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A strong performer with up-to-date features
on March 22, 2012
Motorola's SB6121 cable modem is one of the best cable modems available on the market right now, if not THE best. It is a full DOCSIS-3.0 modem, but also fully backwards compatible with DOCSIS 2.0 and all the way back to DOCSIS 1.0. In short, it should work on any cable system. It is future-ready with IPv6 support built in.
I bought the SB6121 to replace a D-Link DCM202 which had started randomly dropping the connection several times a week, sometimes multiple times a day. Installation is trouble-free; just connect the cables and notify your cable company. (Have the MAC address from the label on the bottom of the modem handy when you call.) Many cable users report speed gains on updating to a DOCSIS 3.0 modem; I'm no exception -- my download speed went from 11.5Mbps to 12.8Mbps, and my upload speed increased by 50% from 960Kbps to 1.5Mbps.
Interface-wise, there's not a lot to say. The Motorola SB6121's colored graphical-icon LED indicators are much easier to identify and read from a distance than the D-Link's closely spaced row of identical yellow-green LEDs. You can look at it from across the room and see two steady blues and one blinking amber, and know at a glance you're in good shape.
This is perhaps a more expensive modem than some, but it's worth it, and you can't fault Motorola's reputation. It also carries a better warranty than many other cable modems. Do yourself a favor and buy this OEM-packaged version; the shinier box on the retail version won't make your cable connection any faster. (But the chances are good that this modem will.)